Sunday, January 30, 2011

Orly Honeymoon in Style

From the Bridal Color collection, Honeymoon in Style is a sheer that would be best suited for a french manicure. What you see below? FOUR COATS! From the bottle I could tell this sucker was going to be sheer but not to this extent. I wish it wasn't because in the bottle it is such a gorgeous pinkish champagne loaded with absolutely gorgeous white shimmer flecks. While my nails are no where near as yellow as they were a few months ago, I still don't think I can get away with something this sheer. Application was fine otherwise, typical of Orly. I think I may have to try to layer this one, I think I just have to.



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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Recreating MAC's Cult of Cherry promo

What does a girl like me do with no plans on a Friday night? Well, pull out the makeup of course!

I mentioned that I've been running seriously low on inspiration lately. I keep a folder of inspiration/looks I want to recreate on my computer and the first one that caught my eye tonight was from MAC's Cult of Cherry. Recently the lovely Lily of Beauty's Bad Habit tried her hand at recreating this promo, seeing her post made me want to try a hand at this and other promos and face charts from MAC. I'll admit, I've tried a to recreate a couple before with awful results. How do you think I did?



This is about as close as I come to that sultry model look, ha!


The one thing I really noticed about the makeup in this photo is the shape flows with her eyebrows (if that makes sense). Because I couldn't find my glue stick to cover that part of my brows so yes, I badly photoshopped them ;) I hope you don't mind!

With flash and 0 photoshopping!

And a bonus webcam pic!

One of the reasons I really wanted to try this face chart is that it breaks a couple standard beauty "rules"- don't draw attention to two parts of the face and don't bring your eyeshadow straight up to your eyebrows.

Products used:
Manly 188 palette- all eyeshadow
Maybelline the Falsies mascara
MAC Dark Diversion fluidline- as my lipstick!
Avon Cherry Liqueur glazewear- over lipstick
Some random bronzer that is in my bathroom I'm too lazy to look at- contouring

So, what do you guys think? Would you like to see more posts like this? What is your favorite MAC promo?
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Orly Seashell

I have tried to wear Orly Seashell once before, but this polish is about as frosty as Upstate NY right now. Streaks everywhere, yuck. When applied carefully you can almost tame the streaks and it is a very glowy shade of pink, and it really does remind me of a seashell. The pain of applying this loses it points, 3 coats.


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Orly Supernatural

I don't quite get the name on this one. Orly Supernatural is a beautiful dusty pink full of shimmer and I almost want to say it's kinda mauve. It's very pretty and for some reason was a lemming for quite awhile, then after I finally got my hands on it I left it sitting in my untried pile for months. I finally put it on and I remember why I wanted it so bad. It's just simply a beautiful flattering pink that is still in my opinion work appropriate. Here is 2 coats.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Do you have a blog?

This is something I've been meaning to do forever.

If you have a blog please leave a comment with a link and I will check it out and most likely follow and add you to my blog roll!

And a quick mention that I have been receiving a lot of spam comments containing nothing but blog links- this doesn't get me to look at your blog! At the start I would look at each new follower and see if they had a blog but it got out of hand, so give me some new blogs to follow :)
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OPI Texas Collection and new Sorbet-style finish!

Deep in the Heart of Color

OPI Launches Texas Collection for Spring/Summer 2011

OPI comes “home” to the USA with timeless style in the Texas Collection for Spring/Summer 2011. These vivid shades are as iconic as images of an American summer – adding a fresh, effortlessly chic look for nails and toes. “Texas provided the inspiration for this season, with bright colors and classic neutrals that draw from the American spirit,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Taking cues from the state’s naturally beautiful backdrop, the Texas Collection features warm tones from honey and tangerine to dazzling hues of violet and sky blue.”

This season, American classics come to life with sunny peach (Big Hair…Big Nails) and vivid honeysuckle (Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em). Lush berry (Houston We Have a Purple) and grassy green (Don’t Mess with OPI) add a splash of the USA’s most vibrant colors to the season’s must-have neutrals “The Texas Collection complements trends from the runway, where white made an appearance as the new black,” explains Suzi. “Wearing these colors on fingers and toes will accessorize the season’s must-have pieces – from brightly colored botanical prints and filmy scarves to relaxed trousers and jackets and fuller, longer skirts – all done in shades of white, ivory, cream and taupe.”

Texas Collection accompanies spring and summer fashion favorites with

San Tan-tonio
A “honey” of a ten-gallon tan!

Suzi Loves Cowboys
But she loves this campfire chocolate shade s’more!

It's Totally Fort Worth It
A shimmery lavender grey that’s so worthy of you.

Don't Mess with OPI
A lean, mean, kick-grass forest green.

Austin-tatious Turquoise
Cowgirls love this bodacious blue-green.

I Vant to Be A-Lone Star
You won’t want to share this starry Texas-sky blue.

Y'all Come Back Ya Hear?
This Texas tangerine will be waitin’ for ya!

Big Hair...Big Nails
A rosy pageant peach.

Guy Meets Gal-veston
An “engaging” coastal coral.

Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em
A red-hot pink-red that deals a winning hand.

Do You Think I'm Tex-y?
A “berry” sexy bloom of Dallas dahlia.

Houston We Have a Purple
A galactic red-violet that’s ready to “rocket roll”!

OPI’s Texas Collection Nail Lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Texas Collection by OPI will be available February 2011, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and Ulta, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com.

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And here is some info on the new Sorbet finish:
From the company that brought revolutionary nail textures like matte, suede, and Black Shatter to women around the world, OPI announces a new special finish – semi-transparent sorbet shades. Featured first in the Texas Collection by OPI for Spring/Summer 2011, these lacquers give fingers and toes a lightly glossed appearance.

“These sorbet-style formulas for nails will be in full swing by 2012, but women can get a jump start on this trend with colors in the Texas Collection,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Unlike thicker creams or light sheers, these twelve shades are slightly translucent – similar to the look of icy, water-based sorbet!”

From sea blue and berry pink to tangerine and bright peach, the Texas Collection features classic American colors. Designed to complement trends from the runway, these candy-coated lacquers accessorize the season’s must-have neutral pieces.

“To achieve the desired effect, an initial coat of Nail Lacquer should be applied to all ten fingers first – without doubling up coverage,” explains Suzi. “Be sure to start from the pinky finger on one hand and paint through to the pinky on the other hand; then, after the first coat has dried, apply a second coat.”

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Nearly all the colors in this collection sound gorgeous, and a new finish? I'm excited. But on another note, how many of you paint pinky to pinky? I start on my thumb on my left and end with the pinky on my right, is that weird?
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NOPI One Less Lonely Girl- 8 NEW lacquers!

WHAT:

NICOLE BY OPI ONE LESS LONELY GIRL
8 New Lacquer Additions

Nicole by OPI is unveiling eight more shades in the One Less Lonely
Girl collection! With colors created by Nicole by OPI Executive VP &
Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, these eight new Nail Lacquers
are inspired by Justin Bieber’s songs and his devoted fans.

The One Less Lonely Girl Collection was conceived to raise awareness
for Pencils of Promise, an organization that builds sustainable schools
for underserved children in the developing world. In addition to educating
consumers about this non-profit, Nicole by OPI has committed to building
two such schools.

LACQUERS:

-My Lifesaver
Go overboard in color with this soft mint green!
-“Baby” Blue
A sweet light blue that totally loves you.
-One Time Lime
A vibrant lime that’s worth your time.
-I’m A Belieber
This popular purple has quite the following.
-Red-y to Runaway Love?
Run away with this riveting red.
-Make U Smile
Mood-boosting bunches of silvery glitter!
-I’ve Got Bieber Fever
This gorgeous dark plum is super contagious!
-Not A Gold Bigger
A genuinely glamorous gold that you’ll never take for granted.

RETAIL PRICE & AVAILABILITY:
January at Walmart and February at select Target, Sears, ULTA, and
other retail locations, for $7.99 each.

ABOUT PENCILS
OF PROMISE:

Pencils of Promise, a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, builds sustainable
schools, partnerships and solutions to enable basic education for
underserved children in the developing world. More information about
Pencils of Promise is available at pencilsofpromise.org.

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Okay, I think the names are adorable! And if they are even half as great as the rest of the collection I'll be satisfied.
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A blogging rant...

I've been contemplating writing this post for awhile now. It's not something that is really fun to share but you know what, this is my blog. I am a person and I have feelings.

I currently sit at 661 followers. This is fantastic and way more than I ever thought I would have. I appreciate anyone that reads or visits. But lately, this has been really bothering me. I rarely receive feedback in any form. A ton of my posts have 0 comments, and I know that there are other blogs out there with the same problem. At the end of the blogging day it doesn't matter if you have a billion followers if no comments, at least in my opinion. And it seems the more effort I put in to a post, the less anyone comments.

I don't mean this to come off as whiny or begging but you know what? It takes a lot of effort and time to keep up with blogging. This started off as a hobby for fun but at this point I don't quite know if I will continue, it's a little bit too much like getting my feelings hurt. I started this blog to express my own opinion, style and possibly make friends. It has been over a year since I began this blog and while I enjoy taking the photos and writing the posts, the joy at this point is short lived.

And to the people who do comment, thank you! It brightens up my day, especially those who return to do it again :)

I don't know what I am doing wrong truthfully, and once again I will reiterate that I am not trying to come off as whining or begging. I'm really asking, why no comments?

NOPI He's A Keeper BM stamped with Essie Masquerade Belle

Sometimes I get the urge to reach for my neglected konad and bundle monster plates. And then I get halfway through stamping and realize why they are neglected. I always end up mucking up my manicure somehow trying to use it. Anyways, here is a full nail image from one of the Bundle Monster plates using Essie Masquerade Belle and stamped over Nicole by OPI's He's A Keeper.



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Small Bath and Body Works haul- new fragrances!

Just sharing a couple things I recently picked up at Bath and Body Works!

At the moment they have their new spring scent Carried Away in mini lotion for $1 and travel size body sprays for $2- if you ask me that is a great value! I almost never buy a full sized lotion anymore, I never seem able to stay loyal enough to a scent to finish it so the mini lotion is perfect. The scent is described as: lush raspberries, white jasmine and whipped vanilla. I can pick up on the raspberries and a floral note that isn't distinctly jasmine to me and just a hint of vanilla. The body spray isn't overly heavy so I think I will love this for spring!

I also really love the label on it, the name looks scrawled out in ribbon and the flowers are adorable.

And then I had to take advantage of what seems to be a neverending sale of antibacterial handsoap 4 for $15. I have a weird thing for hand soap, if my hands are going to smell like that the majority of the day I want a product that smells great. My favorite scent- White Tea and Ginger- is now online only so I've been struggling to find a replacement. I picked up all new scents for the season:
Mango Margarita: seaside cocktail of luscious mango, mandarin zest and mouthwatering papaya. Sounds and smells mouthwatering.
Caribbean Escape: an exotic blend of fresh pineapple and casaba melon. I'm a sucker for anything with a coconut on the front.
Island Margarita: a fresh blend of mandarin lime and white necatrine. Anyone who has ever bought me a drink knows that a margarita is my drink of choice. Yum.
Aqua Blossom: pure and refreshing scent of ocean drenched flowers inspired by a beautiful world underwater. I usually dislike these type of scents from BBW but this one is a winner.
Peach Bellini: a mouthwatering blend of juicy peach, white apricot and fresh mango. Call me a hater but I really dislike anything peach, so I was surprised when I sniffed and wasn't repulsed. I think the other notes balance it out.

And an overly photoshopped photo for your enjoyment:


How cute is that first bottle? I love it, I'm holding out on using it until summer ;) The first three are deep cleaning, my formula of choice and the other two are foaming. I really don't like their moisturizing ones at all, I feel like they leave an icky film on my hands.

There are also a few other new scents:
Pomegranate Passion: an exotic escape of juicy pomegranate, Tahitian vanilla and creamy coconut milk.
Citrus Crush: a sparkling getaway of irresistible pink grapefruit, Persian lime and lemon verbena.
(the two above both have special packaging similar to Mango Margarita)
and the odd one out:
Cinnamon Heaven: a spicy blend of cinnamon stick, Tahitian vanilla and star anise.

Anything catch your eye? Do you have a thing for hand soap like me? What scent is currently in your bathroom? Mine is a nearly empty bottle of BBW Coconut Lime Verbena :)

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Purple and Yellow FOTD


Does anyone else have trouble colors? I always have trouble getting yellows (which I believe are commonly a problem color) and purples to show up and work how I want them too. Purples never stay vibrant enough, yellows always seem chalky.

Products used:
Fyrinnae Pearl Sun (inner corner)
Fyrinnae Bifrost (middle lid)
Fyrinnae Sennyo (crease and outer lid)

And what is up with my eyebrows lately. I need to get me some eyebrow wax or something, any recs? I have the Milani brow kit but I'm not sure I'm loving it. I don't think the color is good for me.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

MAC Paintpot swatches

My tiny paintpot collection, just thought I would share some swatches! These have turned into my favorite eyeshadow base.
L-R: Painterly, Bare Study, Vintage Selection, Girl Friendly, Fresco Rose, Otherworldy


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Playing with MAC Dark Diversion Fluidline

I've been a bad blogger this week, I'm sorry! I've been horrible with doing my nails because...well, my cuticles are sucking so bad right now and I broke 2 nails in a day pretty far down so I think my nails need a little TLC right now!

Annnnyways, here is a quick look I threw together just playing around with Dark Diversion. In real life it's more burgandy than it shows here, it's gorgeous. I just haven't figured out what to pair it with yet to make it really pop. And I haven't used gel liner in forever, I'm out of practice!

What would you pair Dark Diversion with?

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Revlon Top Speed- Electric

I'm a sucker for yellows, what can I say?

I'm still not in love with the new Top Speed polish. It doesn't dry extremely fast. Honestly, I always found Revlon polishes to dry very slow so this is maybe sped up to what I find a normal polish dry time to be. I still need my handy Seche when I'm all done.

But that yellow- yum! It's a little creamy but still bright with some light shimmer mixed in. 3 coats, the formula was a little runny. Sorry about the mess, but this was a polish I topped with OPI Black Shatter so I didn't clean it up before hand.


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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Makeup Memory Lane!

As I searched high and low through my mountains of older photos on my hard drive I found myself looking at all my old FOTD pictures. It's amazing what a year or two can improve. While my blending, eyebrows, mascara and skin has gotten much better...I feel as though one thing I have lost is my love of playing with colors and placement. Something I wish I hadn't. I decided to do some posts of my old FOTDs hoping it would flame some inspiration.

I'll be honest, lately I haven't been very bothered to do my makeup. And when I do it's usually neutrals, color has just not been working out for me lately. But today I am setting a goal to play with color again. I will not back down to my neon purples and kelly greens, I will win the war over color!

I also want to say, while I love my DSLR camera, I don't have a macro lens and looking through old photos makes me long for my old point and shoots and their fine crisp macro setting.


Fyrinnae Still Breathing, you need it:



This mascara needs to never be worn again, look how stubby! And these eyebrows..



I wanted to include more photos but Blogger seems to be being a PITA still...you should have seen the amount of lines struck through some of the ones I uploaded! I'm telling you blogger- I'm over it!

So lasses, have you made note of improvements you've made with your beauty routine in the past couple years? What good and what bad?
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Katy Perry Collection- layered!

As requested, here are the glitters from the Katy Perry collection layered :)
From L-R- Not Like the Movies topped with Teenage Dream, Not Like the Movies topped with Friday Night, The One that Got Away topped with Teenage Dream, The one that got away topped with Friday Night.

Still want to try these over black and white but haven't yet!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick swatches x2

I really love the finish and color on these but I hate the formula. Like a lot of long wear products these feel super drying and uncomfortably "tight" on my lips. And holy mother of God, don't like your lips too much with this product on because it is the nastiest tasting lip product I can think of.



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Monday, January 10, 2011

Black Shatter & Simply Smash-ing

Something I'm really excited about, OPI's new Black Shatter top coat. I've got it over 3 colors for you today, including the Serena Williams polish Simply Smash-ing.

I've been on the hunt, like I'm sure many others, for a crackle top coat for a long time. I recall having one when I was much younger from Maybelline or Cover Girl. I L-O-V-E-D crackle polish and was very disappointed to find that at least here in the US it was impossible to find.

I even ordered the crackle polish from Transdesign and really, I don't even know what that was but it wasn't polish. Sure, it crackled but it also peeled completely off the nail and what didn't was ridiculous to remove. I really don't feel like it was a safe product even- at least I didn't feel like it was safe.

Which brings me to OPI with Black Shatter! The one thing I am confused about is what collection this is part of, as it seems to be a duo with Simply Smash-ing. But then it says...
..."over any completely dry Katy shade" so I'm kind of confused. Is this in both collections? I really don't care either way, it goes well with either of them!

First I have to show you how it looks over Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry collection...
...With my cute cupcake lip gloss.

...with my cute duckie I got for christmas.

Did I mention I loved this shade? This was so hard to decide to remove and I didn't have a single chip after 4 days- and if I haven't mentioned before I'll repeat: for a glitter this is amazing.

And here is Simply Smash-ing, which I haven't shown you yet. I would call it chartreuse and I honestly don't have anything like this in my collection. This is 3 coats.

Layered with Black Shatter. Can you see the differences in the crackle from finger to finger? On my thumb and pinkie I used a very thin layer and on my ring finger I used a thick one. I do recommend using a top coat as the crackle polish has a semi-matte finish.

And here it over yellow, my current mani (I'll have it without black shatter for ya tomorrow ;) )
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